Greece basketball finds itself in the world's top 10 leagues outside the NBA, according to a 2022 analysis by League Ranking, a not so surprising discovery given the country's history in the game including producing players like NBA MVP champion Giannia Antentokoumpo.
The Greek Basket League (GBL) is ranked 7th after Germany which is in 6th place while Spain occupies the number one spot.
The Greek A1 Basketball League, or Greek Basketball Championship (originally called Panhellenic Basketball Championship), and also known as the Stoiximan Basket League for sponsorship reasons, is the first tier level professional basketball league in Greece. It is run by HEBA (Greek: ΕΣΑΚΕ), under the legal authority of the Hellenic Basketball Federation (E.O.K.).
It is the highest-tier level of the Greek league system. The GBL plays under FIBA rules and currently consists of 13 teams, with the lowest-placed team relegated to the A2 Basket League and replaced by the winner of the play-offs of that tier. It runs from October to June, with teams playing 22 games each during the regular season, and the top 8 teams then competing in the playoffs. The first official Greek Basketball Championship was held in the 1927–28 season. The league held a competition in which the teams of the league played under a format with a nationwide schedule, for the first time, in the 1963–64 season. The league first held a playoff round in the 1986–87 season. The league first allowed foreign (non-Greek) players, in the 1988–89 season. The league became a fully professional competition in the 1992–93 season.
The league has always been ranked as one of the top 3-5 level national domestic leagues in European basketball, since league rankings began. For further information, see historical European national basketball league rankings, and European national basketball league rankings.
- Liga ACB (Spain) - 1,186 points
- Basketbol Süper Ligi (Turkey) - 754 points
- VTB United League (RUS, BLR, KAS) - 586 points
- Lega Basket Serie A (Italy) - 547 points
- LNB Pro A (France) - 486 points
- Basketball Bundesliga (Germany) - 464 points
- Greek Basket League (Greece) - 376 points
- ABA League (SRB, CRO, SLO, MNE, BIH) - 320 points
- Lietuvos krepšinio lyga (Lithuania) - 241 points
- Ligat HaAl (Israel) - 240 points
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